- Blue Ant Media launches its version of The Smithsonian Channel on November 13, 2013, with a requisite promotional stunt. The Smithsonian Channel was formerly Equator HD/eqhd, one of the four High Fidelity HDTV channels subsumed by Blue Ant Media in 2012.
- Gerry Dee tweets about his CBC New Year’s Eve standup special, which tapes Friday, November 15, 2013 at Ottawa’s Centrepoint Theatre. There are 7:00 PM ET and 10:00 PM ET shows. Tickets are $49.25, including taxes and service charges.
- W Network will air an eight-episode, half-hour reality series from Force Four Entertainment starring Shannon Tweed-Simmons, and her daughter Sophie Tweed-Simmons. This show honestly reads like A&E’s Gene Simmons Family Jewels reformatted for both CanCon, and a female audience. The show shoots in Vancouver, Whistler, and Los Angeles, and debuts on W sometime in 2014. Gene Simmons will make cameos, which is as much a spoiler as “bran is a good source of fibre”.
- Tony Parsons winds up his CBC News Vancouver anchor duties on December 20, 2013, as he announces his retirement. Tony Parsons first anchored for Toronto CTV flagship station CFTO from the late 1960s, to the early 1970s (the Internet is indeterminate on specific years). From 1974-78, he was the west coast correspondent for CTV National News. Parsons is best known for his stint at CHAN (d/b/a BCTV/Global BC) from 1975 to 2009. Most recently, Parsons was both CBC News Vancouver 5:00-6:30 PM PT news anchor (2010-13), and CHEK Victoria 10:00 PM PT news anchor (2010-13). Parsons left CHEK in June 2013.
- The 2013 Digi Awards nominations.
November 13, 2013
- Following a tradition of introducing new items at a late hour, Made in Canada‘s fifteenth-anniversary reunion will be held at the Canadian International Television Festival. The reunion features actors Rick Mercer, Peter Keleghan, Leah Pinsent, Dan Lett and Jackie Torrens, executive producer Gerald Lunz, writers Edward Riche and Mark Farrell, as well as director Henry Sarwer-Foner. The Made in Canada event starts at 6:00 PM, on Saturday, November 16, 2013. As a bonus, here’s some CITF promotion from CP24, on Stephen LeDrew’s Live at Noon.
- Sphère Média Plus, the production company behind both English and French-Canadian versions of 19-2, announces a new business structure. Essentially, SMP will have new corporate affairs, finance, and human resources executives.
- Netflix expands its deal with the National Film Board of Canada. The new titles are documentaries. All NFB titles already on Netflix are renewed, as a result of this deal.
- Sitcom Rink Rats is currently in development with CBC Television.
- Stornoway Communications’ ichannel formally launches Inside Joke as a television series. Inside Joke, a half-hour show, is an extension of ichannel standup comedy series No Kidding, and will air on ichannel starting June 2014. Jeff Leeson is the show’s host.
November 8, 2013
Upcoming Canadian television shows to be showcased at the inaugural CITF include:
- 19-2 (November 16; 10:00 AM-1:00 PM). This is part of a larger panel covering The Amazing Race Canada and Degrassi.
- Bitten (November 16; 10:00-11:00 PM)
- Sensitive Skin (November 16; 4:00-5:00 PM)
- Spun Out (November 16; 8:00-9:00 PM)
The Royal Canadian Air Farce will celebrate its fortieth anniversary on November 16, from 2:00-3:00 PM. Other events include binge viewing of Sherlock‘s (November 16; 10:00 AM-3:00 PM) and Orphan Black‘s (November 16; 6:00 PM-11:00 PM) first seasons, a bravoFACT short film showcase (November 16; 4:00-5:00 PM), a Bill Brioux discussion on NBC’s fall 1966 preview reel (November 17, 1:00-2:00 PM), and an advance screening/Q&A session based around Murdoch Mysteries (November 17, 4:00-6:00 PM). The festival closes with the Canadian debut of Sky Arts’ 2012 four-part limited series, A Young Doctor’s Notebook (November 17, 7:00-9:00 PM).
Tickets for the festival are free. There is a $1.00 surcharge per ticket, for advance online orders. The Canadian International Television Festival revealed its finalized lineup on November 7, 2013.
I recently wrote an article for TV, Eh? about the Canadian International Television Festival. To be fair, I wrote the article before plans were finalized for the CITF. Now that the CITF has a definite form, I’m glad to see the festival on track for next week.
While I can’t claim that the CITF’s overall promotion is ideal, with the majority of the news announced after October 29, 2013, it is a free festival promoting Canadian programming. If the CITF creates positive word-of-mouth for the programs it promotes, then it does its job.
CITF’s website is at citf13.tv.
June 3, 2011
May 31, 2011
May 30, 2011
If you don’t see an update from me on May 31, despite Shaw Media having some new American tinkertoys to play with, I’ll be away from home and/or a computer. I plan to update more than usual during 2011′s Canadian upfront week. Stay tuned.
May 19, 2011
- Global will debut
Combat Hospital The Hot ZoneCombat Hospital Tuesday, June 21 at 10:00 PM ET/PT, in simulcast with ABC.
- Rookie Blue‘s second season will begin Thursday, June 23, at 10:00 PM ET/PT. Rookie Blue is also in simulcast with ABC.
- The Kennedys will make its Global debut Monday, July 4, at 8:00 PM ET/PT, in the form of eight one-hour episodes.
- Canada Sings begins Wednesday, August 10, at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
- NBC Universal, Entertainment One and Global will develop a television adaptation of John Grisham’s The Firm for midseason 2012. The show is executive produced by Grisham and Lukas Reiter.